Alive Together in the World through mission, ministry & evangelism

6/7/2019

Churches throughout the conference continue to demonstrate the ways they are Alive Together in the World through mission, ministry, and evangelism. 

Evangelistically Fruitful Congregations

The mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. A significant dimension of the disciple-making process is that of leading people to make a commitment to God through baptism and profession of faith in Jesus Christ.
 
Reaching new persons with the gospel is at the very heart of every church’s purpose. Below are congregations in each district that charted the largest net gain in membership, the largest number of professions of faith, and the best ratio of professions of faith with regard to membership.
 
Wesley Monumental UMC was the overall conference leader with the largest net gain in membership, and Gateway Community Church led the conference in the largest number of professions of faith.
 
The churches with the largest net gain in membership in each district in 2018 were:
Coastal: Wesley Monumental
North Central: Perry
Northeast: Statesboro First
Northwest: The Ridge
South Central: Valdosta First
Southwest: Leesburg
 
The churches with the largest number of professions of faith in each district in 2018 were:
  • Coastal: Gateway Community
  • North Central: Harvest
  • Northeast: Statesboro First
  • Northwest: St. Luke (Columbus)
  • South Central: Hahira
  • Southwest: Albany First 
The churches with the best ratio of professions of faith in each district in 2018 were:
  • Coastal: Gateway Community
  • North Central: Liberty
  • Northeast: Keas
  • Northwest: Asbury (Columbus)
  • South Central: Mt. Olivet
  • Southwest: Barney
Every local church showing a net gain in membership for 2018 has been designated as an Evangelistically Fruitful Congregation. Click here to view a list of all Evangelistically Fruitful Congregations.


Fully Connectional Churches

Also recognized were those churches that were fully connectional in 2018 by giving 100% or more of their apportionments. Click here to view a full list.


Mission Giving

Second Mile Giving
Second Mile Giving is an exciting and significant element of the stewardship program within our connectional system at both the General Church and Conference levels.  One official Second Mile Giving program within The United Methodist Church is The Advance for Christ and His Church. In 1948, the General Conference launched the Advance as a call to Christians to help rebuild a world shattered by World War II.
 
The first mile, or priority, continues to be for local churches to fulfill their commitment to the World Service Fund, Conference Benevolences, and other apportioned funds.  Second mile stewardship through The Advance fosters partnerships between those who give and those who receive. Through Advance gifts, persons determine and support their own individual and local congregation’s giving priorities.
 
General Advance Projects around the world are approved by the General Board of Global Ministries to solicit and receive Second Mile gifts. In 2018, the South Georgia Annual Conference gave a total of $268,210.11 to the General Advance, which included $47,841.80 in missionary support and $115,237.99 given to UMCOR/US Disaster Response.
 
Conference Advance Specials received $841,046.32 in giving which included $327,091.94 given to the South Georgia Storm Recovery Fund in response to catastrophic events within our conference. Donations from within our Conference totaled $151,793.53 and showing the strength in our connectional system, $175,298.41 was given from outside our Conference:
  • North Georgia Annual Conference: $132,054.41
  • North Georgia directly by Individuals and Churches: $8,739
  • Mississippi Annual Conference: $12,500
  • Texas Annual Conference: $10,000
  • Church of The Resurrection: $10,000
  • Other Individuals Outside SGA: $2,005 
Through generous donations by individuals and churches within our Conference, South Georgia collected and sent $54,683.83 to areas impacted by Hurricane Florence.
 
Conference Advance Specials are projects geographically located within the boundary of the South Georgia Conference. They have been screened by the Conference Outreach Team and authorized by the South Georgia Conference to solicit support from local churches.  

Three Star Churches
Local churches are challenged by the Conference Outreach Team to achieve stars of excellence in Second Mile Giving by:
  • sharing faithfully in the total mission of the church by paying 100% of all apportionments.
  • investing a minimum of $25 in at least one fruitful ministry listed in each of the Six Lanes of the Advance,
  • and extending bold support of at least one ministry listed in the PLUS lane.
Click here to view a list of Three Star Churches for 2018.

Carruth Mission Awards
The Carruth Mission Awards were inaugurated in honor of Rev. Carlton and Mrs. Augusta Carruth for their many years of faithful service and support of missions.
  • Highest Total Given to Missions: St. Luke, Columbus
  • Highest Per Capita Given to Missions: Wesley (Howard Charge)
The churches with the highest total given to missions in each district were:
  • Coastal: Isle of Hope
  • North Central: Gray
  • Northeast: Statesboro First
  • Northwest: St. Luke, Columbus
  • South Central: Tifton First
  • Southwest: Albany First 
The churches with the highest per capita given to missions in each district were:
  • Coastal: Odum
  • North Central: Danville 
  • Northeast: Alston
  • Northwest: Wesley (Howard Charge)
  • South Central: Wright’s Chapel
  • Southwest: Morningside, Albany

Giving to Agencies

Methodist Home for Children and Youth


  • Top Churches in Giving: Vineville, Vienna, Tifton, Perry, Gray, Park Avenue, Wesley Monumental, College Place, Mulberry Street, Cordele First
  • Top Churches in Giving Per Capita: Danville, Wesley (Howard), Sardis, Mauk, Pearson’s Chapel, Chula, Alston, Antioch, Evan’s Chapel, Springhead 
Wesley Glen
  • Top Churches in Giving: St. Luke (Columbus), Vineville, Statesboro First, St. Paul, Martha Bowman, Piney Mount, Riverside, Forest Hills, Dublin First, Mulberry Street
  • Top Churches in Giving Per Capita: Barney, Dixon, Reynolds, Surrency, Piney Mount, Friendship (Alma), Haddock, Wesley (Howard Charge), Allentwon, Metcalfe
  • Outstanding Contribution: Piney Mount UMC
Magnolia Manor 


  • Top 10 Supporting Churches: Americus First, Cordele First, Leslie, Cairo First, Statesboro First, Albany First, Isle of Hope, Vineville, St. Luke (Columbus), Smithville 
Open Door Community House, Inc.
  • The Mrs. Butch Deaton "Living the Vision" Award: Mrs. Teri Parker, member of St. Paul United Methodist Church
  • Outstanding Financial Stewardship in Charitable Contributions: St. Paul UMC (highest giving) and St. Luke UMC (highest giving per capita)